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College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario

The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) is the governing body for occupational therapists in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as an occupational therapist in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the COTO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received3954921450510
Applicants who became members3313711150394

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Occupational Therapists)

Applications to Practise Processed by the COTO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received3864623457507
Applicants who became members2983017150360

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Occupational Therapists)

Applications to Practise Processed by the COTO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received3915023418513
Applicants who became members2754113200349

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Applications to Practise Processed by the COTO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1843511210251
Applicants who became members171319110222

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the COTO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2392522420328
Applicants who became members23524223411326

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

Exams: In 2009, the COTO signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the third party that sets and administers the COTO's competency examination. The agreement sets out the service relationship between the two organizations, including CAOT's obligations surrounding fairness, transparency, objectivity and impartiality.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the COTO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2523114240321
Applicants who became members239208160283

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

Applications to Practise Processed by the COTO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received3784311390471
Applicants who became members3714210250448

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the COTO to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Providing extensive policy documents

    This practice may interest regulators who want to increase...


Quick Facts

Number of Occupational Therapists5,414
Number of Internationally Trained Occupational Therapists524

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2014

Ontario4,384
Other Canadian Provinces506
USA169
Other International355
Unknown0
Total5,414
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)10%

The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the COTO for further information about your ability to practise as an occupational therapist in Ontario.